ESG Policies

Environmental Sustainability Policy

Anne Shoemaker & Associates is committed to minimizing our environmental impact. We strive to operate sustainably and protect the environment in all aspects of our business. We support circularity in the following ways:  

  1. Consumption: use recyclable or biodegradable materials and reusable cups/bottles whenever possible, and avoid single-use plastics
  2. Resource efficiency: implement energy and water conservation measures, such as
    1. Energy-efficient equipment:
      1. Encourage employees and contractors to use Energy Star-certified devices
      2. Promote the use of laptops instead of desktops, as they generally consume less energy
      3. Advise on configuring sleep and hibernation modes for computers
      4. Recommend using smart power strips to reduce standby power consumption
    2. Lighting:
      1. Encourage setting up workspaces near windows to take advantage of natural light, reducing artificial lighting needs
      2. Suggest replacing traditional bulbs with LED lights in home offices
    3. Thermostat settings:
      1. Provide guidelines for optimal thermostat settings to reduce heating/cooling energy use
    4. Green web hosting:
      1. Choose eco-friendly web hosting services for company websites and cloud storage
    5. Home energy audits:
      1. Offer resources or incentives for employees to conduct home energy audits
    6. Water-saving fixtures:
      1. Recommend low-flow faucet aerators and dual-flush toilets for home bathrooms
  3. Recycling and upcycling
    1. Recycle paper, plastic, and glass as a means of reducing office waste
    2. Find creative ways to repurpose or upcycle waste materials
  4. Sustainable sourcing
    1. Choose suppliers who use recycled materials or follow circular principles
    2. Opt for locally sourced materials to reduce transportation emissions
  5. Sharing economy
    1. Consider rental or leasing models instead of outright sales
    2. Collaborate with other businesses to share resources
  6. Digital solutions
    1. Reduce paper and ink use by digitalizing processes and documents
    2. Use video conferencing instead of travel for meetings, reducing transportation emissions
  7. Education
    1. Educate customers and employees about circular economy principles

We commit to regularly reviewing and improving our environmental practices, and to publish an Impact Report annually. 

 

Social Policies

 

Diversity & Inclusion Policy: Our company is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace. We:

  1. Recruit, retain, and promote talent from all backgrounds.
  2. Provide equal opportunities for all employees.
  3. Cultivate an environment of respect and belonging.
  4. Prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind.
  5. Encourage diverse perspectives in decision-making.
  6. Regularly review and improve our D&I practices.

We believe diversity strengthens our team and enhances our business performance.

 

Supplier Diversity: Our company is committed to promoting diversity in our supply chain. We:

  1. Actively seek out and engage diverse suppliers.
  2. Where possible, source services from local, minority- and woman-owned suppliers.
  3. Ensure fair opportunities for diverse suppliers in our procurement process.
  4. Regularly review and set goals for supplier diversity.
  5. Provide support and feedback to help diverse suppliers grow.
  6. Educate our staff on the importance of supplier diversity.
  7. Track and report on our progress in supplier diversity.

We believe a diverse supplier base strengthens our business and supports our community.

 

Community Involvement Policy: Our company is committed to being a responsible and engaged member of our community. We:

  1. Support local charitable organizations through donations and volunteering.
  2. Encourage employees to participate in community service activities.
  3. Sponsor local events and initiatives that align with our values.
  4. Seek partnerships with other local businesses for mutual benefit.
  5. Regularly assess our community impact and areas for improvement.

We believe that by investing in our community, we contribute to its growth and our own success.

 

Governance Policies

 

Human Rights Policy: Our company is committed to upholding and promoting human rights. We:

  1. Prohibit any form of modern slavery, including forced labor and human trafficking.
  2. Ensure fair labor practices, including reasonable working hours and fair compensation.
  3. Respect the right to freedom of association and collective bargaining.
  4. Maintain a safe and healthy work environment for all employees.
  5. Prohibit child labor and adhere to minimum age requirements for employment.
  6. Treat all individuals with dignity and respect, regardless of their background.
  7. Conduct due diligence to identify and address any human rights risks in our operations.
  8. Expect our suppliers and business partners to uphold these same principles.
  9. Provide a confidential mechanism for reporting human rights concerns.
  10. Regularly review and improve our human rights practices.

We are committed to conducting our business in a manner that respects the rights and dignity of all people.

Supplier Evaluation: Among other factors, we evaluate suppliers based on their commitment to advancing progressive environmental, social, and governance factors.